Graston Technique Treatment in Chandler AZ
By: Carson Robertson
Graston Technique utilizes stainless steel instruments to
break up adhesions or scar tissue in muscle. Muscles and tendons
can develop soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation with
activity, repetitive stress, over use, or acute trauma. Utilizing
the Graston tools helps speed healing and recovery faster
than stretching, massage, exercise, physical therapy, or chiropractic
Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Hand Therapists, Occupational
Therapists, and Athletic Trainers have utilized Graston Technique
to treat athletes for years. It can also be used on every
day injuries associated with posture, headaches, neck pain,
back pain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff syndrome, tennis elbow,
golfers elbow, trigger finger, knee pain, IT Band syndrome,
shin splints, or plantar fasciitis.
Graston Technique, ASTYM, and ART produce faster recovery
times than traditional treatment alone. I strongly encourage
patients to see providers who can incorporate these techniques
into your therapy.
Four Common Causes of Scar Tissue
1. Trauma - Sudden accident. Stepped off
a curb or fell off a ladder type of injuries.
2. Repetitive Motion Injury - Same motion
over and over.
3. Improper Mechanics - Slouching at a computer
makes muscles work harder to hold up your head, neck, and
4. Aging - Years of wear and tear on the
body ads up.
How Scar Tissue Forms
Scar tissue forms when the body lays down bad fibers. These
bad fibers occur with any of the body's healing processes.
However, with continuous repetitive stress scar tissue accumulates
and becomes problematic. Some scar tissue forms between muscles
everyday, but normal stretching and movement breaks it up.
When scar tissue can permanently accumulate it creates fascial
adhesions or "patches" that doesn't function like
normal muscle or tendons.
Scar Tissue Causing Pain
When scar tissue limits movement it can contribute to many
injuries or conditions, including headaches, nerve entrapments,
back pain, sciatica, sacroiliac or back pain. It can also
"grab and fish hook the nerves" such as in thoracic
outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel, or ulnar tunnel syndrome.
In some cases the pain nerves get caught in the scar tissue
patches, which produces frequent pain.
Scar tissue also forms in tendons and muscle insertions.
Because scar tissue is weaker tissue, it easily gets flared up with repetitive motion
or mechanical stress. This is common in headaches, neck pain,
IT Band Syndrome, or Plantar fasciitis.
With headaches, large patches of scar tissue accumulate in
the trapezius, levator, and cervical paraspinal muscles. These
are the "knots that never go away" or "the
spots that always get sore first and lead to my headaches."
Graston helps to break up scar tissue and triggers the body's
normal healing process. The body then properly heals the weak
spots into normal tissue. This restores normal function of
the muscle and restores normal tendon strength.
Muscles are like the licorice pull and peels. One fiber is
wrapped in a group of fibers called a fascicle. Each fascicle
is wrapped in a group of fascicles to form a muscle bundle.
All the fibers are wrapped in coverings called fascia.
Scar tissue can occur in any of these areas.
Massage is better at breaking up scar tissue between muscle
bundles. Graston is better at breaking scar tissue between
fascicle to fascicle.
In the end, any scar tissue that limits movement needs to
be broken up to restore normal motion. We combine massage
and Graston to break up all scar tissue that restricts movement.
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News articles on Graston
FOX 5 News Atlanta
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CBS News 19 Charlottesville
Dan Sweat: Graston Technique
ABC News 7 San Francisco
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WCBD News 2 Charleston
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